Why did you and Professor Stephen Wagner decide to do a radio show? Anything in particular motivate you?
We are both legal educators at heart. The radio format allows us to reach beyond the law school classroom and serve as legal educators for the broader community. Plus . . . it is a lot of fun.
What do you hope the show will accomplish?
So much of the law seems too complicated and unreachable to the general public. We hope that we can break down some of those barriers and help people better understand how the law affects their lives. We believe that the law should be in the hands of the people, not just the lawyers and the Courts.
What aspects of the law do you plan to cover on the program?
We initially will talk about the major Supreme Court cases that were recently decided. There are so many changes in the law created by these cases. I also believe that listeners will be surprised to find out how these cases have the potential to affect them personally. Two examples that come to mind include the Hobby Lobby case (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores) that grants corporations a Constitutionally protected freedom of religion that has never existed before and Riley v. California which prohibits warrantless police searches of personal cell phones.
What type of guests will you have on the program?
Our guests will be local and national attorneys who are involved in the cases and issues that we are discussing.
Do you think that it will be point/counterpoint between you and Stephen?
Absolutely. It is far more interesting and educational to present competing viewpoints on major legal and public policy issues. If we are successful, we will help listeners form their own opinions, not try to convince them to adopt ours. We think that this approach will distinguish our program from the typical radio talk-show hosts who seem to be yelling at listeners in an attempt to sell them a pre-digested narrow point of view.
What is the general perception that Americans have of the law?
I think that many Americans feel removed from the law and somewhat powerless. The solution is to provide a better understanding of individual legal rights and an explanation of how the system works. By doing so, individuals can achieve a better sense of control over the laws and public policy that shape their daily lives.
What about the perception of lawyers?
Many people believe that lawyers have priced their services out of the reach of the general public. As a result, people are left unprotected and uninformed when confronted with legal problems. As a profession, we need to look for creative ways to serve the broader community, many of who are underserved and at-risk. Doing a better job of educating people and helping them better understand their legal rights is the best approach. We hope that our radio program is an example of how to further this goal while being informative, entertaining, and interesting.